ICYMI, StyleLikeU's video project What's Underneath is a series that invites people to (literally and metaphorically) strip off on camera whilst discussing their personal journeys to overcoming insecurities. In a video released on Aug. 3, model and designer Georgia Pratt discusses growing up in the contemporary world as a plus size woman — and it's such a perfect time for her body positive words.
Just last month, the team behind StyleLikeU joined forces with Olie Biologique to create a selection of oils and a new series of videos involving four very different but equally beautiful women. In the videos, each woman divulges her own personal struggles (such as Sarah Jane Adams' thoughts on ageism). They also had the opportunity to produce a body oil with Olie Biologique to represent their unique personalities and individual needs. Pratt was a part of that magic.
In her segment, Pratt explores her insecurities regarding having large breasts, delving into how growing up with more curves than the rest of her straight size friends could sometimes feel embarrassing. Not to mention that it usually gained her a lot of unwanted male attention from a very young age. Pratt takes the opportunity to address the male gaze in a frank and open manner, speculating on how it changes based on what women are wearing. She doesn't shy away from her experiences or her feelings, making her video extremely relatable the whole way through.
Here are just five times she nailed the discussion of what it's like to be a plus size woman with a larger bust.
1. "I always remember feeling very confused about how I should dress."
This issue hits home so much for me. For a long time, it seemed my clothing options were baggy things that would hide my body or tight clothes that would accentuate it (normally resulting in constant, unwanted attention). Should you wear bright hues to express yourself, or constantly opt for black to deflect attention? When you have a body type that's over-sexualized, clothes arguably become much less about self expression and much more about trying to avoid being judged.
2. "Having massive boobs at 17 made me feel excluded from certain situations."
Once I overheard some close male friends discussing whether my boobs were actually as big as they looked or if it was just an illusion created by the clothes I wore whilst we were at the beach. Any situation that involves revealing your body is hard for most people, so it usually results in horrific avoidance or pep talks about self confidence.
3. "I did have a guy come up to me on the street and put his hands around me."
Pratt discusses how wearing an outfit that would just seem like casual-wear on a straight size gal — a skirt and a tank top — makes everyone pay attention to her, whether she wants them to or not. Your body becomes public property as soon as it's on show, as so many people (regardless of sexuality) feel they have the right to comment or touch.
4. "People are made to feel unsure about themselves because of [the lack of] options."
Plus size clothes shopping can be a nightmare. Being unable to find anything that fits or suits you in 20 shops when your thinner friends can usually walk into one shop and find 20 things is just exasperating and breeds insecurity.
5. "I put out the image that I was completely fine how I was."
As a member of the body positive movement, you sometimes begin to feel that you're not allowed to have off days because then you aren't spreading a message of self love. Not being allowed to admit that you're feeling shitty is arguably harming to yourself and your self esteem, though. Body positivity is a journey, not a switch that is flicked and suddenly results in absolute self-adoration. It's rough trying to be a role model as well as a regular human being.
For more gems about the male gaze, the realities of being a woman, and all-around bold honesty, check out the rest of Pratt's video below.
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